Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
posted 8 years ago
So, this is my first post and I am new here. A little about myself, I am a mechanical engineering student who is a green enthusiast. Two projects I wish to work on is a light weight semi portable rocket stove so links to its mechanics are greatly appreciated.
More to the title, I am annoyed that there is no English translation of the book "Sepp Holzer Permakultur" or plan to do so.
It is a shame that it hasn't been translated to english yet. We had an intern from France and an intern from Germany this year. The Frenchman was such a Holzer fan, that he bought the book and had it shipped here so that the German girl could translate it for us.
I would say that it is a bit lacking in specifics, but mostly its a worthy purchase. Sometimes he'll say what to do, but be very brief on the how and why. Also, his ideas on swales seem to contradict Mollisons, so now I don't know who to believe. Holzer says that the beds below a swale (on contour) should NOT be parallel, or even close to parallel with the contour, but rather diagonal. He says this is because the moisture gets stored up top and essentially starves the lower beds of water the further downslope you go. From what I remember, Mollison and Lawton are all about the parallels. Maybe its because Holzer is dealing with heavier soil which holds moisture more easily? I have to guess because Holzer doesn't explain why...
That's really interesting, Travis. It would be good to know under what conditions one should make them parallel, or slanting. Perhaps if one had enough space and time, one should do a test of each configuration to see which works best for one's own conditions. We do need to remember that Holzer is working with pretty darn steep land, that most people wanting to farm would not bother with. Though now, I would prefer more sloping land and less flat land as slopes seem to offer more opportunities for beneficial change.
I have got this book in German and it really does not hold what it promises. First it is only for agriculture whereas the title tells gardening first. Sepp Holzer has no idea on urban gardening and its limitations. But the worst is that he has lots of knowledge but his writing always remains superficial and there is very little practical information of how to. He's maybe a good farmer and a clever marketing guy but he cannot write books. All what's in the book you can look up in youtube, there's not much more, but I don't like youtube.
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